TheNewspaper.com Roundup: December 25, 2017

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup!

–TX Appeals Court takes on RLCS–

–WA State Toll Experiment a Failure–

–Editorial: $44 Tolls just the beginning–

Friday, December 22, 2017
Oregon: Federal Judge Sides With Anti-Camera Engineer
Oregon officials admittedly violated the free speech rights of a man who criticized the use of red-light cameras. A federal magistrate judge last week agreed with Mats Jarlstrom, an engineer who was fined and ordered to be silent by the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering because he made his criticisms without holding a state license.

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Texas Appeals Court Takes On Red-Light Camera Hearings
Attorney Russell J. Bowman is hoping to bring down red-light cameras in all the Texas cities where officials have failed to comply with the law. He made his case last week to the state Court of Appeals, hoping to create precedent from his win before a district court judge.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Report Finds Washington Toll Road Experiment A Failure
The official performance analysis of the Interstate 405 toll lane project in Washington state documented how converting existing lanes into pay lanes has failed to live up to its promise. The University of Minnesota’s civil engineering department tracked objective performance measures outlined in state law and released the results earlier this month.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
OPINION: $44 Tolls Are Just The Start For Virginia Roads
Virginia politicians are feigning outrage over the $44 toll imposed on the short, one-way morning drive into Washington, DC on Interstate 66. The nation’s latest high occupancy toll lane (HOT lane) project opened earlier this month with eye-popping fees for single occupancy drivers on their way to work.

Monday, December 18, 2017
France, Germany, Italy, UK: Speed Cameras Disabled
A 63-year-old man used a red tractor on Tuesday to knock over six speed cameras in Gernsheim, Germany. According to Sudhessen police, after the automated ticketing machines on Heidelberger Strasse, Mainzer Strasse, Wormser Strasse and Mannheimer Strasse were demolished, officers followed the tractor’s tracks and arrested the man thought to be responsible. He passed an alcohol screening blood test and was released. Damages are estimated near 600,000 euros (US $700,000).

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